Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
He who looks outside, dreams. He who looks inside, awakens. Carl Jung

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Alpha Hop

Feel free to share your alphabet poem here.  Comment here if you’ve posted a poem on your blog so I can come visit.  Let’s find like-minded sisters through “alphapoems” (Kay Adams’ term).   I’m not a big fan of rules ~ feel free to link up & to use the blog button (on the right).  No judging of the writing ~ it’s for fun & for ourselves.  The purpose is to create & express yourself. The link will be up from7/29 ~ 8/2.

This week, find a picture that calls to you and use a word that resonates with the image…

Rippled light
Echoes like
Fractured thoughts
Looping through tides
Easing through neurons
Calming, once
Into coherence
Or given to the

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Treasure Chest


Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.  Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.  Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.  Mary Jean Iron

Coming back from vacation is entirely way too hard & so I need this quote today.  A reminder that each moment is a gift and so my treasures this week are in the moments.  And in those moments when there is stress, I will remember to breathe and know that those breaths are treasures as well. 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Finer Things Friday

I didn’t see a code for the blog hop button but I liked the concept and I’ll share the link here…

Finer Things Friday

This week was full of “finer things” since we were at the beach.

Time with my oldest daughter @ DMB



Time with my family @ the beach





Time for reflection



Stormy Days


When the storm hit suddenly in the middle of a  sunny day filled with surf and sand, the groans from children echoed across the beach.


As for me, I enjoyed nature’s poetry and thought of this as Mother Earth’s way to cleanse and heal.rainbow

And then I was reminded of this Native American proverb I use often because it is so beautiful ~ The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.

Write about a time in your life when pain was necessary for growth.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Arms of Adoption

I have two passions.  This blog is an offshoot of one ~ that of creative expression as a form of healing and guiding others to speak their truth.  The other revolves around my full-time job, within foster care and adoption, and is one that I rarely speak of here.  Recently however, I was asked to guest post on another blog (Arms of Adoption) and I wanted to share it with you.  The post is about Life Books; a different form than the Life Lines Life Books groups that I facilitate but with the same purpose of telling our stories.  Part II of this post is coming in August, the first part is the “why” and the second piece will center on the “how”.  I hope to see you all there as well!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Inner Compass


Time to take your emotional temperature ~ write down five feelings you’ve experienced in the last 24 hours.  If those feelings had color, what would they be?



Monday, July 19, 2010

Meltdown Monday


By the time this is posted, I will be burying my toes in the sand and chasing the tide.  Even though I won’t have anything to melt down about (I hope!!), I thought you should still have the opportunity.  Remember you can rant and rave all you want but end with a positive, you’ll feel better, really.  The fact is, we have to embrace the hard stuff to get through the process and to really appreciate when life is good.  If you’d rather meltdown on your blog, comment here so I can come visit when I get back!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

May Queen Musings Giveaway


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I’ve been so excited about this guidebook that I wanted to share.  An e-booklet with ten writing exercises that focus on honoring and nurturing the maternal and illuminating the goddess within.

Who have been the May Queens in your life? 

(Comment here for an entry.  If you are a follower, or join, also comment here to let me know for an additional entry.  Random drawing to be held on Saturday, 7/17 after 7:00 p.m.)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Treasure Chest




Heroes take journeys, confront dragons and discover the treasure of their true selves.

Carol Lynn Pearson

What treasures have you excavated lately?  List five of your treasures and write a poem or prose piece about them.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Angel Innocence








“A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men”
Martin Fraquhar Tupper

Use this quote as a writing prompt.  Where has your resting place for innocence been?  Your link to angels?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Celebrate Your Journey


As I prepare to teach my next class through Story Circle Network, I am reminded of why I began this journey ~ a belief in the healing power of writing, a belief that each moment is so incredibly important, a belief that we all deserve to be joyful and we all have a story to tell.  What’s interesting to me is that I set out to guide others, and yet have learned so much from others and even more about myself.  I am incredibly thankful for my association with Story Circle Network.  Through them, I have met so many great women, made friends and been given incredible opportunities. 

What people, organizations or events have positively impacted your life?

For more information about the class ~

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy July 4th!








Use any of the pictures or the following quotes as a writing prompt:

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. ~Paul Sweeney

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom. ~Simone de Beauvoir

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ordinary Moments



After a chaotic day at work that lasted beyond my normal schedule, I came home to this view from my deck.

What do your ordinary moments look like?